Equal Rights Institute Began One Year Ago…

ERI 1 Year Anniversary

It was a year and a half ago that my brother Timothy spent a week with me in a small office dreaming up Equal Rights Institute. Six months later, a year ago today, I resigned from the organization I spent six years working for and began full-time work for ERI.

It was a scary time. For the first time in my life, I was completely responsible for raising the funds needed to not only accomplish our mission, but also to feed my family. It was also incredibly exciting. Timothy soon moved to Fresno so we could share an office and continue dreaming together, now with the ability to make our dreams a reality.

I quickly put together a Board of Directors and received assistance in filling out the necessary IRS paperwork. Even though the IRS was tending to take 6-24 months to approve pro-life organizations, we received our approval precisely one month after sending in the application!

We gave our first seminar to the staff of Students for Life of America, and a month later trained the pro-life club at Biola University. Our training materials were already quite a bit different from what we had previously taught, and our program continues to become more and more unique with each training we do. Tim and I regularly brainstorm in our office trying to solve problems, with the goal of helping pro-life people to be more persuasive when they dialogue with pro-choice people.

Debriefing with the wonderful staff of SFLA after our outreach in Washington, DC

Debriefing with the wonderful staff of SFLA after our outreach in Washington, DC

In September we hired Jacob Nels, who proved himself to be a natural member of the team right away. His wisdom and charitable attitude towards everyone around him, from both sides of the abortion debate, made him a great fit at Equal Rights Institute.

Jacob Nels talking to a student at CSU Bakersfield.

Jacob Nels talking to a student at CSU Bakersfield.

We were able to raise enough in those first months to focus on our mission, thanks in no small part to a generous grant we were given by the D. D. and Velma Davis Foundation. I always thought I would hate fundraising, but I actually don’t. I love sitting down with people and telling them about our vision of making the pro-life movement known by our love and thoughtfulness, and our strategy to accomplish that.

The following Spring we designed an outreach brochure from scratch and began using it in training seminars and outreaches in Bakersfield and Portland. We have a few minor tweaks to make and then we’ll put our brochure online for you to see.

Speaking in Canada.

Speaking in Canada.

Public speaking was one of the ways we spread our message from the very beginning. Since launching I have given 35 speeches to 9,500 people, in California, Oregon, Arizona, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Washington DC, and Canada!

We’ve posted 26 articles to our blog, which have been read by nearly 35,000 people at our website alone, and over 100,000 more people at LifeNews.com.

We have big plans for the rest of the year, which we’ll be announcing later this month.

I am so incredibly proud of what my team has accomplished in only one year. We weren’t content to merely fundraise and focus on the hundreds of tasks it takes to launch a non-profit organization. We worked on those while creating new material, and bringing that material to pro-lifers across North America. Thanks to being on campus with the students we’re training, we’re able to see firsthand that the arguments we teach and the practical dialogue tips we’re sharing with the pro-life movement makes a big difference in improving the productivity of dialogues about abortion.

Would you be willing to partner with us financially as we move forward with our vision of training pro-life advocates to persuade more pro-choice people to not kill their babies? As is the case with most non-profits, our funds are getting pretty tight as we begin the summer months. Your one-time or monthly tax-deductible gift of $25, $50, $100 or more would make a huge difference. It would get us to the point of being sustainable faster so that we can spend less of our summer fundraising and more of it producing training material that we can share with the pro-life movement. Thank you so much for your help.


Josh Brahm is the President of Equal Rights Institute, an organization that trains pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly and argue persuasively.

Josh has worked in the pro-life movement since he was 18. A sought-after speaker, Josh has spoken for more than 23,000 people in six countries and in 22 of the 50 states.

Josh’s primary passion is helping pro-life people to be more persuasive when they communicate with pro-choice people. That means ditching faulty rhetoric and tactics and embracing arguments that hold up under philosophical scrutiny.

He has publicly debated leaders from Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Georgians for Choice, and one of the leading abortion facilities in Atlanta.

Josh also wants to bring relational apologetics to the pro-life movement. “Some pro-choice people will not change their mind after one conversation on a college campus. Some of them will only change their mind after dozens of conversations with a person they trust in the context of friendship.”

Josh is formerly the host of a globally-heard podcast turned radio/TV show, Life Report. He now hosts the Equipped for Life Podcast. He’s also written dozens of articles for LifeNews.com and the ERI blog.

He directed the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Fresno, resulting in up to 60 lives saved.

Josh has been happily married to his wife, Hannah, for 15 years. They have three sons, Noah, William, and Eli. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

David Bereit, the National Director of 40 Days for Life, sums up Josh’s expertise this way: “Josh Brahm is one of the brightest, most articulate, and innovative people in the pro-life movement. His cutting-edge work is helping people think more clearly, communicate more effectively, and — most importantly — be better ambassadors for Christ. I wholeheartedly endorse Josh’s work, and I encourage you to join me in following Josh and getting involved in his work today!”

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